Foxford-based architect and visual artist Francis Lanuza has just completed and installed his first Irish commission as an emerging artist. The artworks he produced for the commission – 12 paintings in all – are collectively entitled ‘Healing Hills’.
Lanuza, who exhibited in summer 2013 in the Greenway Gallery, Westport, was commissioned by HSE Limerick, to produce from his studio a work of art for their Regina House community nursing facility in Kilrush, Co Clare. Twenty seven artists applied for the commission competition.
Previous to this, Lanuza worked on office space planning and design for Procter & Gamble Brussels Innovation Centre, and as a design architect in Aidea Philippines for a variety of architectural projects.
The Regina House paintings incorporate Lanuza’s knowledge of colour, form, shapes and healing to help people in palliative care. He has previously worked on a healing centre for an ex-Minister for Health in the Philippines, who is a medical doctor and passionate promoter of complementary and natural healing called ‘Hilot’ – the Philippines’ answer to the Ayurveda of India.
Using his architectural skills, the artist Lanuza has been able to create a work of art that fits and complements the space, enhancing an otherwise blank and dull space and transforming it into breathing space that uplifts both patients and staff. This was the overall objective of the artist, to not just create healing and visionary art but also healing spaces wherever his art is installed. So it’s not just the paintings that are his work of art, the space transforms into a work of art as well – a marriage of art and architecture.
The process of the conceptualizing the art was also collaborative, ensuring that the HSE and management were involved in creating the look of the art.
Using vibrant colours of yellow, purple, pink and greens, the work is uplifting and relaxing with a flowing feel inspired by the flowing green hills near Kilrush and dramatic Atlantic waves nearby.
Lanuza hopes to create more healing spaces of art and architecture through future commissions and exhibitions.
Congratulating Lanuza, Anne McCarthy, Arts Officer with Mayo County Council, said the HSE commission was ‘a perfect fit’ for the artist, allowing him to ‘fully reflect his artistic, architectural and healing experience’ and illuminate the care setting of Regina House ‘in a joyful manner’.